How Do Imtiaz Dharker and Grace Nichols Create Atmosphere in Blessing And Island Man

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How Do Imtiaz Dharker and Grace Nichols Create

Atmosphere in “Blessing” And “Island Man”

Imtiaz Dharker – “Blessing”

The theme of this poem is very religious. This is shown from four references to religion. The first one being “blessing”, repeated twice, first on stanza 4 line 5 and in the title. This will imply to the reader that they are religious but not of any set religion of yet. The second one being “kindly god”, this shows to the reader that they are not of a Christian background and therefore are not Christian them selves. This is as Christian God would be spelt God, with a capital letter. For example the Greek god’s will be spelt “god” without a capital letter. This would then impact on the reader that these people are not Christian’s even though the Dharker uses the word “congregation”. The poet specifically uses this language too emphasise how this village is a multi-cultural place and highlights that there is not one set religion. “Congregation” is a Christian word that describes a gathering in a church this may contradict her statement about “god”, but it will enhance the idea of the settlement being a multi-cultural, missed religious place.

In the poem “Blessing” Dharker uses the poetic technique onomatopoeia. The poet also uses the technique of sibilance.

An example of onomatopoeia in “Blessing” is when Dharker says the word “splash” in stanza 2 line 2. Another example of this is when the poet uses the work “crashes”. Onomatopoeia is a word that imitates the sound it is describing as “crashes” sounds like the action it is describing. “Crashes” is describing how the water is slamming to the floor and making a crashing sound. I believe this implies to the reader that the poet is trying to set the scene in the readers mind. This emphasises how this was such a “blessing and it over-exaggerates the reaction of the people and how it affects them. This helps the reader feel what the people are feeling.

Sibilance is were a poet would use a word or words containing “s” sounds and “sh” sounds. An example of sibilance in the poem would be “splash”. This gives the effect on the reader that they are hearing what the splash is actually sounding like and this develops an atmosphere in the reader’s mind, to help the reader hear what the people are hearing. This will demonstrate how the people are suffering without water, when they get water it is a gift from god, s “blessing”.

I believe that Dharker uses these two techniques combined to set an aural image in the readers mind, this is done by how the onomatopoeia’s are helping the reader imagine how it would be like without water and helping them imagine the sounds and what is going on and sibilance will help the reader image the sounds that are going on in this village also.

The value of water to the people in this poem is very great. This is shown by the word “silver” is being used. Silver is a pun as it has two meanings, one being the colour silver and the other being the value of silver. The poet may have intended to use both meanings as the water is very valuable to the people. Fortune” is used in the third Stanza, this is also a pun. One meaning being luck and how the people are lucky to have this “blessing”. Money is another meaning for “fortune” and the people have no money. The poet may want this to affect the reader by using both of these words and both of their meanings to make the reader think about every perspective.

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The structure indicates the pipe bursting, it shows how at the start it trickles out, this refers to the short sharp opening stanza which had end-stop punctuation. In the second stanza, it increases a little bit more. This will refer to the pipe building up more tension/pressure ready to burst out. In the third stanza, there is a big increase in lines and enjambment is used. Enjambment is when there is no punctuation at the end of a line and this forces the reader to read on and this helps the poem flow well. In stanza 4 the pressure ...

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